09012023-LSTC-01.qxd 1/8/2023 10:09 PM Page 1 c m y b Priyanka hosts screening of Chhello Show for Oscar voters in LA TRIBUNE Big break Anuj Saini shared his first look poster from the movie Gandhi Godse—Ek Yudh recently. He will be making his Bollywood debut with this Rajkumar Santoshi film. TMS CHANDIGARH | MONDAY | 9 JANUARY 2023 Here are some fresh pairs that will light the silver screen in 2023 Proud moment Priyanka Chopra Jonas hosted a special screening of Chhello Show (Last Film Show), India’s official entry for the Academy Awards, for the voters who decide the Oscars. The screening was followed by a dinner reception in Los Angeles for members of the Academy of Motion Picture Arts & Sciences. Last Film Show is one of 15 movies, along with the Korean film Decision to Leave, Denmark’s Holy Spider and Pakistan’s Joyland, on the Best International Feature Film shortlist for I feel it’s a the 95th Academy Awards. really good time for The Los Angeles event was our movies…Obviously attended by the film’s lead actor, Bhavin Rabari, along with direcPan Nalin is one of the tor Pan Nalin and producer most prolific Dheer Momaya, and a host of filmmakers from Academy members. our country. Priyanka told the guests at the event: “I feel it’s a really good time for our movies…Obviously Pan Nalin is one of the most prolific filmmakers from our country. He made a movie that I love, Angry Indian Goddesses. I was very excited to see Last Film Show that he made with Dheer Momaya and Siddharth Roy Kapur. I’ve done many movies with him. He’s also a producer of this movie.” Director Pan Nalin and producers Siddharth Roy Kapur and Dheer Momaya said in a joint statement: “Priyanka is a global icon, a tremendously talented actor and most of all, a very generous person. We are very moved that she extended her support to Last Film Show by hosting this screening. The team was most thrilled by how much she loved the film, especially the performances of the child actors.” The film was released by Samuel Goldwyn Films in the US and by Roy Kapur Films in India. Orange Studios is releasing it in France, while Shochiku Studios and Medusa are bringing it to Japanese and Italian cinemas, respectively. — IANS SHAH RUKH KHAN Sheetal T HE chemistry between the lead pair plays an important role in the success of any film. If last year, Mrunal Thakur-Dulquer Salmaan in Sita Ramam and Kartik Aaryan-Kiara Advani in Bhool Bhulaiyaa 2 stole the show, here’s the list of fresh pairings for 2023 that the audience can look forward to. Actor Ranbir Kapoor will star in gangster drama film, Animal, directed by Kabir Singhfame Sandeep Reddy Vanga. He will be paired opposite Rashmika Mandana. Earlier Ranbir starred in Brahmastra: Part One—Shiva, where he found the love of his life, Ali Bhatt, who was his co-star. Known for his action sequences, actor Vidyut Jammwal will be seen next in Crakk—Jeethegaa Toh Jiyegaa! And guess who will be shoulder-toshoulder with the actor — Jacqueline Fernandez. It would be an extreme sports action film reuniting Jammwal with Commando 3 director Aditya Datt. Shah Rukh Khan is returning to the silver screen with Pathaan, wherein he will romance her Om Shanti Om co-star Deepika Padukone on screen, but the 57-year-old has two other films, Jawan and Dunki, in his kitty too. Dunki is his first time association not just with director Rajkumar Hirani, but also with actress Taapsee Pannu, who is just 35. South Indian actress Nayanthara will be seen opposite SRK in Jawan, which is being directed by Atlee. Drishyam 2 star Ajay Devgn (53) will also be paired with 38-year-old South Indian actress Priyamani in his upcoming film Maidaan. ROM-COM SPECIAL The 2019 film Dream Girl starred Ayushmann Khurrana and Nushrratt Bharuccha. It marked Raaj Shaandiliyaa’s successful directorial debut. Three years later, he is coming up with a sequel, Dream Girl 2, and the casting again is no less than a surprise! While the actor remains the same, star-kid Ananya Panday will be seen romancing Ayushmann. Given the flop, Liger, from last Cinematographer Owen Roizman, known for The Exorcist, passes away at 86 Cinematographer Owen Roizman, who shot many popular films like The French Connection and The Exorcist, has died at 86. Roizman was Oscar-nominated five times, for The French Connection, The Exorcist, Network, Tootsie and the 1994 Western Wyatt Earp. In 2017, Roizman was honoured with an honorary Academy Award for his contributions to the medium. In addition, Roizman was nominated for an Emmy for his cinematography (using film, not videotape) of the 1972 Liza Minnelli special Liza With A Z, directed by Bob Fosse. — IANS What’s cooking? The rumours of Shah Rukh Khan’s son Aryan Khan dating Nora Fatehi were rife recently, as they were seen together at a New Year bash. And now a new name is being added to the list. From the same party, Aryan Khan’s pictures with Pakistani actress Sadia Khan have also gone viral. ACTION PACKED AGE NO BAR RIP Roizman TAAPSEE PANNU Aryan sparks dating rumours with Pakistani actress Sadia Khan PRABHAS AND KRITI SANON JAN 12: VIKINGS-VALHALLA S2 ON NETFLIX Set over a thousand years ago in the early 11th century, the show chronicles heroic adventures of some of the most famous Vikings who ever lived — the legendary explorer Leif Eriksson (Sam Corlett), his fiery and headstrong sister Freydis Eriksdotter (Frida Gustavsson), and the ambitious Nordic prince Harald Sigurdsson (Leo Suter). Season 2 finds c m y b VARUN DHAWAN AND JANHVI KAPOOR year, starring Ananya opposite Vijay Deverakonda, fingers crossed for this one. Another romantic jodi in the making is that of Varun Dhawan and Janhvi Kapoor for the film Bawaal, which is releasing this year. Varun and Jahnvi wrapped the shooting of the last schedule in Warsaw, Poland, back in August 2022. Shot in four beautiful locations of Europe, Bawaal will release on April 7, 2023. Kaif for the first time. EPIC PROPORTIONS Adipurush actors Prabhas and Kriti Sanon, chosen to play Ram and Seeta on screen, will be another pair to look out for. Writer-director Aditya Dhar’s ambitious project, The Immortal Ashwatthama was earlier shelved, but is said to be back on track. Vicky Kaushal was finalised for the role in January 2021 when the project was announced. But it was reported the heroine opposite him was replaced by Samantha Ruth Prabhu. Earlier Sara Ali Khan was shortlisted. But no official confirmation has come from the makers. LOOKING AHEAD 2023 DEBUT STORY Singer Guru Randhawa is going to make his Bollywood debut in 2023 with Kuch Khattaa Ho Jaay. He will be seen alongside Saiee M Manjrekar, who earlier appeared in the films Major and Ghani (Telugu). Apart from that, Tamil actor Vijay Sethupathi will be doing some pan-India projects such as Jawan, Mumbaikar and Merry Christmas. While his debut is more likely happening with Jawan, releasing on June 2, the makers of other two films are yet to announce the release dates. Anyhow, in Merry Christmas, the South Indian star will be paired opposite Katrina Mark the date JAN 11: NOISE ON NETFLIX Julia (played by Julieta Egurrola) is a mother, or rather one of the many mothers, sisters, daughters and colleagues, who have had their lives torn by the widespread violence in a country waging a war against its own women. Julia is searching for Ger, her daughter. And in her search, she will meander through the stories and struggles of different women she meets. ANANYA PANDAY AYUSHMANN KHURRANA THRILLER ZONE From the makers of Badlapur, Stree and Mimi, comes a thriller, Chor Nikal Ke Bhaga, starring Sunny Kaushal and Yami Gautam. The Netflix film is about a heist to be pulled off inside an aeroplane. Its teaser was released in September last year. Second seasons of Vikings and Hunters among top OTT releases this week WEBSOLUTE FUN ents who take on powerful forces for over two decades in their enduring struggle for justice. Based on the bestseller, Trial by Fire: The Tragic Tale of the Uphaar Fire Tragedy, it stars Rajshri Deshpande, Abhay Deol, Rajesh Tailang and others. our heroes after the tragic fall of Kattegat, an event that has shattered their dreams and altered their destinies. JAN 13: TRIAL BY FIRE ON NETFLIX As many as 59 lives lost, over 100 injured and a 25-year-long battle, the fire that engulfed Uphaar Cinema in 1997 still rages. The show takes audiences through a hard-hitting yet compelling journey of par- JAN 13: HUNTERS S2 ON PRIME VIDEO After an accident derails their exploits in Europe, the Hunters must band back together to hunt down history’s most infamous Nazi, Adolf Hitler, who’s hiding in South America. Meanwhile, a look at the past reveals Meyer Offerman (Al Pacino) encountering a dangerous threat that could unravel his secret. Al Pacino returns for the epic series conclusion of Hunters starring Jennifer Jason Leigh, Logan Lerman, among others. VIKINGS-VALHALLA S2 NOISE Sadia took to Instagram and posted the picture with Aryan and wrote, “Throwback to the New Year’s Eve.” While one cannot confirm about the dating rumours, Aryan sure is gearing up for his directorial debut with Red Chillies Entertainment! — TMS
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